Moorabool Environment Group supports new wind farms, clean energy

Moorabool shire, located between Ballarat and Melton, can look forward to more clean energy as new wind farms step closer to construction, Moorabool Environment Group president Ben Courtice explains. Wind farm developer WestWind Energy are seeking to update a 2009 … Continue reading Moorabool Environment Group supports new wind farms, clean energy

10 reasons why Napthine should bin Victoria’s wind laws


Those following the Yes 2 Renewables  campaign known that we’ve long called for Ted Baillieu’s anti-wind farm laws to be dumped. They’re costing Victoria jobs, investment, and crucial renewable energy capacity. We’re not alone.

Representing the perspective of our nascent renewable energy sector, Phil Burn of WestWind Energy believes there a 10 reasons why the Premier should bin Victoria’s draconian wind farm planning laws. You can read about them at RenewEconomy (heres a sample): Continue reading “10 reasons why Napthine should bin Victoria’s wind laws”

Buninyong wind farms forum

Last night the Democratic Labor Party Senator, John Madigan, convened a forum on wind farms in the town of Buninyong, just outside Ballarat. About 120 people attended. The meeting was called, ostensibly, to gather responses to the recommendations of last year’s Senate Inquiry into the Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms. Madigan promised to represent the views expressed in parliament, and to push for the recommendations of the Inquiry (see below) to be finally implemented. As it turned out, no-one present disagreed with the recommendations of the inquiry – not the woman from WestWind who attended, not us, … Continue reading Buninyong wind farms forum

Lal Lal wind farm to proceed after Minister knocks back amendment

This article appeared in the Melton Leader, journalist: Ami Humpage. Sticking to master Moorabool wind farm plan LAL Lal’s proposed 64-turbine wind farm will proceed unchanged after an amendment application was rejected by the State Government. The original planning permit for the WestWind Energy wind farm, located across two sites at Yendon and Elaine, was approved in April 2009. But after advancements in technology, an amendment to increase the size of the wind turbines from 130m to 150m in a bid to increase output was submitted by the company in January. WestWind managing director Tobi Geiger said he was disappointed … Continue reading Lal Lal wind farm to proceed after Minister knocks back amendment

‘Minister Guy rejects additional clean energy’

Media Release: 8 November 2011: Minister Guy rejects additional clean energy Victorian-based wind energy company, WestWind Energy (WestWind) is disappointed that plans to increase the output of the Lal Lal Wind Farm have been rejected by the Government. WestWind’s proposal to increase the output of the wind farm by over fifty percent without adding any turbines could have been achieved simply by increasing the overall tip-height by twenty metres and removing the rotor diameter restriction. The Minister’s Department, under Minister Guy’s direction, refused the proposed change for which an application was submitted in January this year. This was well before … Continue reading ‘Minister Guy rejects additional clean energy’

Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite

The Age newspaper recently reported that the Baillieu government has conceded that “its controversial wind farm policy is powerless to control the biggest expansion of wind energy in Victoria’s history, with 1322 new turbines planned across 28 approved developments”. That is, that it can not stop proposals that were approved by the ALP government prior to November 2010, but not yet built. However, in terms of future proposals, it is becoming evident that they intend to proceed with imposing the wind plan they announced back in May. The following report about the creation of ‘no go’ areas comes from the … Continue reading Coalition wind farm policy starts to bite

‘Wind farm protest powers up’

The following is a news article from the Macedon Ranges Weekly on the recent ‘information’ session on wind farming near Sunbury. The FoE report on the meeting can be found here. ANTI-WIND farm campaigners joined about 80 Gisborne and Sunbury residents at a community meeting last week opposing a turbine project at Gisborne South. Gisborne company West Wind has built a 10-metre tower on a private property at 250 Dalrymple Road in Gisborne South to gather information about wind speed and strength. It’s considering developing a six-tower wind farm on the land, which overlooks picturesque Red Rock. A group called … Continue reading ‘Wind farm protest powers up’